LOS ANGELES: Producers of Tom Cruise’s “American Made”, formerly known as “Mena”, are hit with another lawsuit, a year after the deadly plane crash on the Colombia set of the film.
The family of Carlos Berl, a Colombian pilot killed in the September 2015 crash, filed on Wednesday, September 14 in Los Angeles Country Superior Court a wrongful death suit against Imagine Entertainment and other production companies.
The estate of the other decedent, Alan Purwin, alleged that the defendants were “so negligently, unlawfully and carelessly supervised, prepared, instructed, operated, entrusted, piloted, flew, controlled, and directed the Subject Aircraft so as to cause and/or allow it to collide with terrain, grievously injuring Plaintiff’s decedent, Carlos Berl, who perished as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash,” according to the lawsuit.
In a statement, Berl’s attorney Daniel Hode claimed that producers were aware the pilot was unprepared. “Even prior to traveling to South America, Carlos repeatedly informed the production companies that he had insufficient flight experience in that particular aircraft and required flight instruction prior to flying. His requests were completely ignored,” he said.
The family were seeking damages which include loss of inheritance, loss of earnings, property damage, prejudgment interest, loss of comfort, costs of the suit and such other remedies as may be permitted by law. The complaint added, “Plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for the decedent’s burial and funeral expenses and other damages.”
Producers for American Made were sued for wrongful death in April by Purwin’s widow, Kathryn. Cross Creek, Imagine, Vendian, and Quadrant Pictures were also named as defendants, as was Berl’s estate.
Starring Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Lola Kirke, and Jesse Plemons, “American Made” is inspired by the adventures of drug-smuggler Barry Seal, who was recruited by the CIA to help take down Pablo Escobar. Doug Liman is directing. It’s slated for a September 29, 2017 release.